Launch your wine adventure with us!
This 6 hour intensive course is a full introduction to the world of wine. As an entry-level course, it teaches the basics of wine in a friendly format specifically designed for those with little to no previous wine knowledge and for those looking to learn the structured approach to wine tasting.
Ideal for enthusiasts or those new to the wine and service industries, the Foundation Course focuses on the main styles of wine, tasting technique, wine and food pairing, as well as wine service and etiquette.
The class consists of a 6 hour session that concludes with a short 30 question multiple-choice exam.
Successful candidates receive the WSET® Level 1 Award in Wines.
🍱 Lunch is included and will be served mid-day from our Farmers Market Restaurant!
Our instructor is Paul Zink!!! Paul is a long-time team member at Satellite and holds a WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wine. Paul is immersed in wine and will be traveling to Austria to work harvest with Alzinger Winery just days after this course. Paul is a vivacious and brilliant wine mind who's infectious enthusiasm has been critical at Satellite.
Paul received his WSET Certificate under Monica Marin, our Program Director, at the Wine House in Los Angeles (along with our own Drew Cuddy and Lenka Davis). Monica is a long-time WSET instructor and a Master of Wine Candidate. We credit her not only for jump starting our program but bringing WSET education to Los Angeles and the Central Coast! Monica was a top candidate in the 2020 WSET Instructor of the year listing!
What You'll Learn
Wine Tasting: Taste and describe wines using the WSET Systematic Approach to Tasting
Food and Wine Matching: A practical guide to the key considerations when matching food and wine successfully
Wine Service and Storage: Learn the correct way to store and serve wine and recognize common faults found in wine
Types and Styles of Wine: Learn about what makes wines taste different
Grape Varieties: Learn about the characteristics and styles of wines produced from the main grape varieties
Main White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling
Main Black Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz
Named Wines: Champagne, Sancerre, Chablis, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Prosecco, Cava, Beaujolais, Côtes du Rhône, Chianti, Rioja, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Sauternes, Sherry, Port
Number of Wines Tasted: At least 8 wines will be tasted as part of the course
Study Materials: Students will receive the Level 1 Award in Wines Study Guide
Duration of Course: 6 hours inclusive of examination
Examination: 30 multiple-choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes. A mark of 70% required to pass
Certification: All students who pass will be issued with a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin.
Class will be held in the Impact Hub, behind Satellite SB - 1117 State Street, Santa Barbara, 93101.
The course will be offered on the outside patio in rear of the building where shade is plentiful!
Alternatively, we are able to offer this course for an in-home environment for an additional $50. Live Zoom and vials of wine are available to those uncomfortable in a group setting. Please be in touch directly with firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please meet at Satellite promptly at 10am
Study materials will be available to pick up approximately 1 week before the course starts at Satellite SB (1117 State Street, Santa Barbara).
Please have registration confirmation email to pick up materials.
Because exams are ordered from London, all purchases are final – there are no refunds on this course.
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